The Chickadee Classic Dog Show features more than 3,000 of the top dogs from the United States and Canada vying for Best of Breed and other categories. The event is free.
CUMBERLAND, Maine – This weekend, the largest dog show in northern New England will take place at the Cumberland County Fairgrounds in Maine. Over 3,000 dogs are expected, representing 170 different breeds. Many come from out of state.
Owners of the participating dogs said a lot goes into this huge show. Organizers said it had an economic impact of around $1.7 million.
The winners of each stage of the contest accumulate points toward the designation of American Kennel Club Champion. Dogs that have reached this level can compete for the Grand Champion. Nearly 60 different breeds are represented in this year’s shows.
The Four Day Showwhich runs Thursday through Sunday, also features food trucks and vendors selling pet-related items.
“While a dog show may look like a beauty contest, it is not. Dogs are not compared to each other, they are measured on how well they conform to their particular breed standard. “said Nancy Daniels, co-organizer of the event. chair, said. “This is because the closer a dog’s appearance is to the breed standard, the better that dog’s ability to produce puppies that meet the standard.”
Each show begins with individual breed competitions that take place simultaneously in six different rings. The Best of Breed winners then compete in their groups (Herding, Hound, Non-Sporting, Sporting, Terrier, Toy, or Working) for Best of Group. After that, the seven Best in Group winners compete in Ring 1 for Best in Show.
Shows start at 8 a.m. and last until 6 p.m.
Everyone is welcome free of charge, but donations will be accepted for the Penobscot Valley Kennel Club’s dog food donation effort to help feed hungry dogs and cats in Maine. The money raised will go directly to local pantries.
For canine health and safety reasons, the organizers ask that spectators do not bring their pet dogs to the shows.
The entrance to the show is at 107 Blanchard Road in Cumberland.